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10 night cruise to New Caledonia. Beautiful islands with crystal clear water and white sands. Embarkation was generally by tender which worked in a ticket based system which worked well. The ship is tastefully decorated and despite its ... Read More
10 night cruise to New Caledonia. Beautiful islands with crystal clear water and white sands. Embarkation was generally by tender which worked in a ticket based system which worked well. The ship is tastefully decorated and despite its age is well looked after and felt very comfortable. Lovely main theatre Food was generally good throughout all the restaurants and booking system seemed to work well. Drinks a bit pricy but probably normal for cruise ships these day. Entertainment was excellent with some fantastic musical theatre shows which were very impressive and performed by super talented performers. Performers took time to speak to you around the ship which was a lovely and interesting. During the day the ship carried out various activities which were plentiful if you had had enough of sitting in the sun. Staff were very polite and helped make it an enjoyable cruise experience. Overal a very enjoyable cruise which far exceeded expectations Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I have been reading reviews of Pacific Eden for over a year now, & based on our recent experience, I believe P&O have addressed all of the issues people were complaining about. We did the 7 night Nov 4th PNG trip from Cairns, ... Read More
I have been reading reviews of Pacific Eden for over a year now, & based on our recent experience, I believe P&O have addressed all of the issues people were complaining about. We did the 7 night Nov 4th PNG trip from Cairns, & stayed on for the 4 nights back to Sydney. It's one of the best cruises we have taken. The ship is just beautiful! Yes, there are signs of age if you go looking, but there are so many lovely areas . The Blue Room, the Ocean Bar & The Dome all beautiful places to enjoy a drink, as well as many other smaller nooks. We found the drink service to be great-we rarely had to wait more than a few minutes to get drink service-I have waited much longer on The Solstice many times. The drink staff were very friendly & happy to have a joke & a laugh. First impressions of the food in the restaurants was that the portions were small, however I always had plenty to eat. My husband is a big eater & often asked for a main course for his entrée as well as his main, & there was never a problem with him doing that. We like to eat late & never had a problem getting a table in The Waterfront around 8pm. We ate at Angelo's once, & Dragon Lady twice & really enjoyed all meals. We did the Chefs table one night & it was fantastic! ($99pp) We had 8 courses, matched with wines, & the chefs came out & explained their inspiration for their dishes-also a couple of lovely gifts came along with the evening (no spoilers!). I found The Pantry to be quite ok the couple of times we went there, but my husband wasn't a fan (I suspect due to the lack of greasy unhealthy kiddie food). He did take a liking to "The Grill" & was particularly keen on the Meat Pie & Mushy Peas, which I must admit was VERY good & for just $3 kept him happy, so I was happy too. We loved our Cabin, it was very comfortable,& no problems at all. Of the PNG ports... Sometimes confronting , but mostly delightful. Some great swimming & snorkelling, lovely people, amazing scenery, & throw in some interesting WWII history & its a truly fascinating learning experience! We loved The Eden & will quite happily travel on her again! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Papua New Guinea Island Encounter We'd taken a cruise on Aria earlier in the year and due to poor cabin selection had a horrible time. As a result of the complaint we made we were offered, and took, $1200 credit with P&O as ... Read More
Papua New Guinea Island Encounter We'd taken a cruise on Aria earlier in the year and due to poor cabin selection had a horrible time. As a result of the complaint we made we were offered, and took, $1200 credit with P&O as compensation. PNG had always been somewhere that had interested us so we used the credit to book a suite on the seven night PNG cruise out of Cairns. Six weeks after we'd booked, at what we thought was a fair price, P&O had another sale. Booking cruises is luck of the draw. If we'd waited we would have paid $1300 less for the suite and received $350OBC plus beverage package for two of us (we travelled with a friend). $2000 is a BIG difference :( Anyways, to the cruise. We flew up to Cairns from Brisbane on the morning of departure. As we'd booked a suite we were able to check-in right on 11. First warning. If you have any issues walking up steep slopes then you might have a problem walking up the gangway. My partner had an operation on his knee the week before and the long steep ramp was very difficult. We were able to go straight to our cabin - 10054 - where we were met by our cabin attendant Myron. After the Oz Day cruise disaster I was very careful with the cabin selection and 10054 was perfect. It was mostly under the overhang of the pantry. We're not sunbakers so this suited us perfectly. Myron showed us everything in the room. Priority tender tickets were in an envelope with explanation on how to use them. There was a full size bottle of bubbles in the fridge. Fruit basket. We didn't have three of everything - glasses, cups etc but they were there when we came back from lunch. He explained that they would put the sofa bed out each night while we were out. The suite was really nice and a great size. Easily enough room for the three of us, even with the sofa bed folded out. It's tired though and needs a refresh badly. The arms of two occasional chairs in the room were covered in that ingrained dirt that builds up after 20 years of hands rubbing them. Yuk! The veranda furniture is pretty nasty for a suite. The cushions were dirty, the table corroded. Time to be replaced P&O. The bathroom had a full size bath and it was super clean - I've seen pictures of grotty silicon and grout but ours was spotless. Shower temperature was an issue the entire cruise. It was very difficult to have a warm shower. It was usually cool, with a burst of scolding every now and then. We talked to a couple of neighbours and we all had the same issue. Our suite also had an 'extra' safe. There was a small one in the wardrobe but also a newer larger one attached to the cabinet right next to the tv. Very weird! Ports. Alotau - we are not ship's shore tour people but it was too hard to go private so we booked the Milne Bay Historical tour. Expensive for a couple of hours but super interesting. Each minibus had their own guide. Ours, Fabian, was a great guy. Very proud of the history of Milne Bay, something he didn't know much about until P&O started to cruise to PNG. It was a common theme everywhere we visited - P&O was bringing great benefit to PNG. Our friend and I left the tour at the war memorial in town (my partner went back to the ship as he worked all week) and we walked back to the ship. We are fairly intrepid travellers but I didn't feel hugely safe in Alotau. Lots of groups of men, youths and boys sitting around pretty much doing nothing that aren't giving off the most friendly vibes. I suppose I wouldn't like thousands of people descending on my suburb either. We spent a couple of lazy hours at the Alotau Waterfront Lodge before heading back to the ship. During the late afternoon a cultural group performed on the dock - drumming, singing and dancing. Kitava - The priority tender tickets worked a treat. Hint - if you have them, walk down the hall to the embarkation steps, not force your way down the steps thought the people who are waiting. If you don't fit at the end of the tender queue your first on to the next. Most of the tenders in the morning were greeted by a large pod of dolphins that was hanging around in the channel right near the jetty. The locals have set up an endless row of stalls in the shade behind the beach. They all sell pretty much the same carvings and baskets but it is all quite nice. There were a number of little enclosures with groups of children in them singing and dancing. They were from local schools or churches. Each one had metal drum in front for donations - goods or money. I took a boat over to Uratu to snorkel. It was 5 kina each way for whatever boat you got on - sailing or paddled. The water was beautifully warm but the snorkelling was pretty ordinary. It was a beautiful day so I didn't really care. One of the small sail boats capsized and seven passengers ended up in the water. My partner was in the tender that picked them up. No injuries, just wet people. It was a nice place to just hang on the beach. Long, hot tender queue to get back to the ship. Kiriwina - Another spectacular day and a gorgeous place. The ship anchored very close to the jetty. Cliffs along the coast in one direction, stunning white sandy beach in the other. We didn't race off here so need to use priority tickets. Similar to Kitava along the beach but behind it is a large 'oval' and then a short walk away a village. A local - John - started talking to us while we watched the performance by a large group of young guys (very funny, the locals were screaming with laughter, all about fertility with some very obvious phallic references - warning to those easily offended) and kind of hung around most of the day. He watched our bags when we went snorkelling. Eventually the sell happened and we bought a couple of carvings. Who knows if they were a good price. We didn't care. He was a nice guy. I gave him a Wheels magazine I had with me and he as very chuffed. John said his son would love it. Long hot tender queue to get back to the ship. Conflict Islands - After we left Kiriwina the captain asked us all to do an anti-rain dance as the two forecasts he had for the Conflict Islands weren't too flash. It was fine when we arrived but as windy as forecast. They sent a tender in to check the jetty on the island. It was borderline but they decided to get us ashore with the exception that anyone with mobility issues couldn't go. It was just too bumpy getting on and off the tenders. I decided to go over early in case it eventually got too windy and again flashed the golden priority tender ticket. We were the first Eden cruise to land on Conflict Islands and the first to visit all four ports. The atoll and its islands are privately owned. Panasesa, the island that you visit, is very manicured and every comment we heard was that it was the favourite visit. I'm going with it was because there was no-one trying to sell you something. I did a circuit of the island and then took a tender back to the ship. The skipper of the tender took four goes t get us alongside. I've taken a lot of tenders, in some very ordinary conditions and never seen anything like it. He was hopeless. We gave him a round of applause when we were finally tied up alongside the tender platform. The three of us pretty much went straight back over. Our friend and I had booked the snorkelling trip and my partner just went over for a walk around and a swim. The snorkelling trip was great. We both wish it had been longer. We took a very wet ride in a small skiff to a larger boat from where we got into the water. It had a platform that lowered down into the water to make it easier to get on and off. They offered hot and cold drinks before and after we got in the water. The snorkelling was pretty good - some ok coral, plenty of fish, warm water. The rest of the cruise. Food - we ate everywhere but Chef's Table. The Pantry - we like the concept of The Pantry but agree that the seating in the space needs to be rethought, especially the low tables. They just don't work. We tried most outlets and have no complaints. The Mexican was a hit as was the sandwich station. My poached eggs were perfect each time I had them. For anyone who complains they have to remember they are on P&O, not Celebrity. Dragon Lady - as advised when we were boarding the ship we booked three restaurants straight away. Dragon Lady, Salt and Angelo's. You were limited to three. I saw no evidence of any priority for suite guests as advertised. The serving sizes in Dragon Lady are even smaller than they were in January. We said it then and I'll say it again - it's a good idea that hasn't got the execution quite right. Soggy sweet potato chips. A brulee that was more like a mousse. Nevertheless we enjoyed it enough to make another booking as we left as the menu was changing mid-cruise. Salt - a very strange experience. We arrived and got a very strange greeting. Did we have a reservation? Sure did. I looked at the list on the desk and pointed to our reservation that had been marked off. Someone else had come in and said they were us! Having an extra table obviously threw them. Service was weird. We had multiple people asking the same question. When my medium rare steak arrived it was well done! They took it straight back but by the time the second steak arrived the others had finished their mains. Then despite saying that I didn't need more vegetables or mash it arrived. At least we didn't get charged twice! Angelo's - what a let down. We liked Angelo's last time. Not this time. Sat in table right at entrance. Rushed through our meal like nothing any of us have experienced before. Servings so small they wouldn't even qualify as tapas. The cheese 'platter' was hilarious. Entertainment Production shows - the only one we didn't like was Twice Upon a Time. It was weird. We like dance but the dancing and singing left us cold. We didn't go to any of the other shows. Lounges and bars - we liked the duet that played around the ship and The Edens who played in the Blue Room. We thought Alter Ego were terrible (were they just crew members moonlighting as a band?) and did not get Spencer Chester at all. Was his act that he couldn't sing or couldn't play piano? Obviously plenty did get him as the bar was full every time he played. Everything else Myron and Michell kept the cabin spotless. Made very good use of the unlimited bottled water. Loved the officer's cocktail party - we talked to the Staff Captain for the whole event - super interesting guy. I've never commented on a captain before but Gavin Pears was great. Very visible. Was always stopping to have a chat. It was very obvious that the crew really liked him. Embarkation and debarkation were both painless. We didn't make use of the suite lounge in Salt and just sat out by the pool until we left the ship. It took longer than we'd thought it would getting off - an hour from walking down the gangway to getting in a taxi. By the time we got to the airport they were calling our flight. We really enjoyed the cruise. Eden is a nice ship but is already showing wear only after just a year. The cushions on the loungers around the Oasis just look dirty. The cabins need refurbishing. Get rid of the dumb spa baths and replace them with proper big showers. The verandah furniture on suite balconies looks lost, and cheap, in that huge space. We enjoyed it enough that we're now investigating a Solomon Island's cruise with P&O. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We, a couple, have just returned from the P&O Pacific Eden cruise to Papua New Guinea. I read lots of bad reviews before departure, but decided to go with an open mind. I now believe the world is becoming overrun with wingeing people. ... Read More
We, a couple, have just returned from the P&O Pacific Eden cruise to Papua New Guinea. I read lots of bad reviews before departure, but decided to go with an open mind. I now believe the world is becoming overrun with wingeing people. We had an absolutely wonderful trip. The ship, the crew, the food , the company we met on board, the weather were all fabulous. Nothing to complain about at all. The beverage package that came with our fare was an unexpected bonus. We dined at every restaurant except Chef's Table and could not fault the food or service. There were lots of children on this cruise, but all were well controlled and we didn't see them often. The islands we visited were not touristy and we got an idea of the native lifestyle. Don't believe the bad reports.... This is a very good value holiday""" Thanks P&O... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Great short break to Hamilton Island. The ship itself was well looked after and the crew were just amazing. I have food allergies and they were more then accommodating, I could not rave about this more. Make sure you book into ... Read More
Great short break to Hamilton Island. The ship itself was well looked after and the crew were just amazing. I have food allergies and they were more then accommodating, I could not rave about this more. Make sure you book into Angelo's and Dragon lady as soon as you get on the ship!! The rooms were small but had everything you need and they are always tidied to such a high standard twice a day. There was plenty to do and, for being a smaller ship, it never felt like you were on top of each other. I wouldn't rate Hamilton Island too highly, very commercialized and if you aren't doing a tour the only thing really to do is lay on the beach so you need to hope for good weather. We didn't, we almost weren't able to leave the ship but the crew went beyond to make sure we could visit the island. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were looking for a trip that was long enough to enjoy and relax. The 10 day trip was perfect as it gave us a few days to relax, then enjoy the PNG stops then a few days of relaxing again. Could not fault our experience on the Princess ... Read More
We were looking for a trip that was long enough to enjoy and relax. The 10 day trip was perfect as it gave us a few days to relax, then enjoy the PNG stops then a few days of relaxing again. Could not fault our experience on the Princess Aria. The cabin we had on deck ten had a large balcony. Very impressed that we had a bath as well as a shower. The staff were all so very friendly and very helpful. Everywhere on the ship was spotlessly clean. The food was superb. We tried the restaurants as well as the pantry, and were very impressed both with the food and the service. Nothing to complain about at all. Was very happy with the day trips we had, especially Conflict Island, really didn't want to leave the island. Having a family pool area as well as an adults only pool area was great, although there were not a lot of young children on the cruise. CAnt wait for the next trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We have just returned recently from a 10-night cruise to PNG (5 Ports) We thought it was a fantastic, family holiday. My husband and two boys aged 7 and 9. The decor on the Ship is really lovely and modern. The pool area on Lido deck ... Read More
We have just returned recently from a 10-night cruise to PNG (5 Ports) We thought it was a fantastic, family holiday. My husband and two boys aged 7 and 9. The decor on the Ship is really lovely and modern. The pool area on Lido deck is fantastic We were in a cabin on Deck 4. It was not renovated, however it was clean and comfortable, when you only spend time in there for sleeping.The cabin stewards work like trodgans, always busy and moving about. I'm not even sure they see the light-of-day or get days off. We had no issues with The Pantry eating area. There was so much variety. Some dishes did lack a bit of spice . But how do you cater for everyone's taste? Everybody I saw never stopped eating, so it couldn't have been bad. It was great how in the afternoons whilst at the pool area, you could just go and get some fish/chips as a snack and eat outdoors. The breakfast variety was fantastic and desserts were pretty awesome too. The Watterfront Restaurant I felt was a bit hit-and-miss with some dishes at times. But it was never an issue for us. The food was always heated, never cold. The staff never stopped working either. It makes me sad to think passengers think it's okay to rant and rave to them. Angelos, Dragon Lady and Salt Grill were all fantastic. The food was very tasty and of good quality. Service was fantastic and faultless. Plenty of fun activities to do on the Ship if you so desired. Shows were quite good. The gripes I would have are withe he bar staff on Lido Deck could be a bit rude on occasions, specially to children. My husband chipped one of the staff one day for talking to a little girl abruptly. I also have to wonder when they are making cocktails how they measure alcohol. I feel they scimped if they could get away with it. My husband started buying beer - as he said, least you know what you re getting and paying for. I have also read other reviews about this issue. AND the tenders. OMG. I am not sure what the issue was, but we found this extremely annoying as did other passengers. We got our tender ticket early-ish on two occasions to visit the ports and we had to wait over 4-5 hours for our number to be called????? We thought we wouldn't make it to shore, as the time just ticked away. They had 3 tenders operating, so I am not sure why it took so long. We enjoyed Alatou. We did a volcano/hot springs tour, and that was great. You also visit a coconut oil factory and a school (which are not mentioned) We did the tour through P&O it was over $500. You pay just over $200 with tour operators who are waiting where the Ship docks in Rabaul. I wish I would have known that. Everything looked safe and authentic albeit PNG style. Other passengers did those tours and were just as happy. We saw kids and adults hanging out of the back of utes in Alatou, driving along the roads. Obviously someone gave them the heads-up to say it was safe. We couldn't anchor at Kitava, due to weather conditions. That was disappointing, but fully understandable. Kirriwina Island was just beautiful. We spent the afternoon there, swimming and my boy's played with the local kids in the sand. There was a machete attack between two rival villager's which was witnessed by some passengers. it was quite unnerving, however we were in no danger at all. The Captains of the Ship were great and were quick to point out that everyone was safe and made sure security were on the Island. . Conflict Island was just spectacular. Sadly due to the tenders, we only had a few hours there. I could of stayed there all day. It is just gorgeous. That is what paradise really looks like. Kids Club is fantastic. The staff always smiling, maybe through gritted teeth at times, but they are great!! I see other reviews complaining about P&O being sub-standard or budget, Thery're happy to pay a budget price and yet want all the bells and whistlles . It makes me wonder. Anyway we had a fabulous happy cruise. Hoping to do the 14-day cruise to PNG next time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Just returned from 7 day pacific island cruise. We were a couple in our 50's. We had a great peaceful week that we were looking for. Yes the ship is dated but this will be rectified during the up coming refit we intend to return once ... Read More
Just returned from 7 day pacific island cruise. We were a couple in our 50's. We had a great peaceful week that we were looking for. Yes the ship is dated but this will be rectified during the up coming refit we intend to return once this has been completed. The service from the crew was outstanding and a credit to the management. There was no hard sell of any trips or other items , just do what you want. The food was of a good standard and plentiful. Went to salt on two occasions and it was well worth the cover charge, dont let this put you off. Entertainment was good and the crew were fully engaged. The final show in the atrium where they all got together was great , they looked like they were having a good time and that passed down to those watching. The shore excursions were good with the exception of Noumea the nutshell tour was not worth the money. Accomodation was spacious and clean and the service we recieved was excellent. We were in a suite. We will be cruising again with P&O we have no complaints . We wanted a stress free peaceful rest and we got it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our family of seven have just been on the "Island Hopper" Cruise from Brisbane to the Pacific Islands for seven days on the Pacific Dawn. There was my wife and I, 2 adult children, one son in law and two teenage children. It ... Read More
Our family of seven have just been on the "Island Hopper" Cruise from Brisbane to the Pacific Islands for seven days on the Pacific Dawn. There was my wife and I, 2 adult children, one son in law and two teenage children. It was our first cruise and we had a fantastic time. Our rooms were lovely and clean and the staff who looked after the rooms were wonderful. The food was great with plenty of selection in the plantation buffet restaurant, we also ate at the waterfront restaurant which was also very good. The entertainment on board was very good with shows every night, and musicians and music groups throughout the ship in the different bars. We had premium drinks packages so could try all the cocktails and drinks on board, The bar staff were all friendly and helpful. We had lots of fun on the shore excursions, we didn't book anything on board for these, but did our own thing once we got ashore, which was fine, I was a bit concerned before we went because of the negative reports some people had written about cruising with P&O, but after this cruise which we all loved, I have decided that some people are never satisfied and just want to whinge. We would definitely go on another cruise with P&O. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose to do a cruise because it offered activities for all the different age groups in our family. There were times that you could do things together and times that you could do things on your own. If someone got tired in the middle of ... Read More
We chose to do a cruise because it offered activities for all the different age groups in our family. There were times that you could do things together and times that you could do things on your own. If someone got tired in the middle of the day they can go off and sleep while the others kept doing what they wanted. There is no packing and unpacking, no cooking or cleaning up after your children or husband!! The staff were all wonderful, and other travelers were friendly and chatty. I was surprised that I never felt sea sick at all. The dance lessons were fun/funny for the whole family but would be better if they continued each day so by the time you finished the cruise you were actually good at them! I thought that the only shore trip worth booking on the ship was the $20 one at Lifou which needs to be booked early as the numbers are limited. However in saying that, just hanging around the beaches and swimming was great anyway. We saw turtles underneath us as we swam, even tho the water wasn't deep. Goggles and flippers could be hired on shore at lifou for $10 a set. Otherwise shore excursions were cheaper booked on shore, plus the money went to the locals not P&O. The islanders are very poor so it is a pleasure to spend your money there knowing it's going to the local economy. There were a lot of expensive things you could do on board but none were necessary, We had plenty to do and heaps of fun without those things. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The food and wine cruise on Pacific Aria was absolutely amazing. From the moment we lined up to check in (the line moved very quickly) to when we first opened the door to our amazing room to the moment we unfortunately had to leave the ... Read More
The food and wine cruise on Pacific Aria was absolutely amazing. From the moment we lined up to check in (the line moved very quickly) to when we first opened the door to our amazing room to the moment we unfortunately had to leave the ship (which took all of a very quick 5 minutes) we had an amazing time. We got an upgrade on the level of our cabin due to our cruise being for our 20th wedding anniversary. Our cabin was beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable. The bed was comfy and the added bonus of having a tv and dvd player was great for relaxing in bed late at night. The bathroom was very clean and easy to use. We also had a great steward (thanks Richard) whom was always at the ready to assist us. We mostly dined at the pantry which we absolutely loved. The food was always yummy and the various daily selections blew us away every time. The staff in the pantry were always very nice and extremely helpful. We dined twice at the Waterfront restaurant but felt the food came nowhere near the quality and selection of the pantry. Loved drinking the yummy cocktails. The ship itself was beautifully furnished with great colour schemes. I loved the blue room. It was always such a pleasure to walk around the ship. The games that were on during the day were always great fun and we had lots of laughs. The night time entertainment was great and we even got to watch the nrl grand final. My husband and I had an awesome time on the Pacific Aria and never once did we feel unhappy or disappointed. (except when we didn't get in quick enough to book into Angelo's and the Dragon Lady. Do this as soon as you get on board. We were still happy though) Can't wait to do it again, this time with our three children. Had an awesome time, loved it, loved it, loved it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Pacific Dawn first time cruisers x 6 of us for my 50th birthday celebration. 5 x adults 1 x 14 year old. What a great time we all had. Easy no stress embarkation, got the idea of how things worked on the ship easily. Wonderful staff on the ... Read More
Pacific Dawn first time cruisers x 6 of us for my 50th birthday celebration. 5 x adults 1 x 14 year old. What a great time we all had. Easy no stress embarkation, got the idea of how things worked on the ship easily. Wonderful staff on the Oasis bar, restaurant staff friendly and helpful. Rooms neat and tidy. All questions answered immediately. Port visits were lovely, using the tenders to get ashore easy and beautiful destination up to FNQ. Activities for adults and kids were fun, drinks package was worth the purchase for the drinking adults. Cost of the cruise with extras was reasonable and cost effective for our group. Hygiene was reminded everywhere you went. No one in our group got sick, but we always used the room toilet when needed. Food was of good quality, variety and availability. Changing dining rooms was easy, extra cost for Salt was worth it for special celebration. Would recommend to anyone who asks. :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I went because a group of family and friends were going. Before traveling I was 'ho hum' about the whole thing. I did not expect it to be bad as such. Just ordinary. I had spoken to various people and those who had gone on a ... Read More
I went because a group of family and friends were going. Before traveling I was 'ho hum' about the whole thing. I did not expect it to be bad as such. Just ordinary. I had spoken to various people and those who had gone on a cruise at some stage were in the majority positive. I am now an enthusiast. My experience was very positive. There was a ton of things to do. In fact I struggled to find time to do nothing. I was initially a bit taken aback that all the extras cost money. Sunscreen and water come to mind. However they had put $150 on board spending money into each adults account and so in a way there was $150 worth of free sunscreen, water and coffee. Once I had gotten into the groove I felt that each individual transaction was good value for money. I had been worried that being a captive audience that we would be subject to rip off prices. Take away coffee was $3.90 compare to Brisbane city at $5 - that OK. Cocktails were about $12 compared to $18and more in Brisbane city. Most nights there were shows to watch, bars with karaoke in which I watched my friends :). I and some of my kids did various adventure activities. Climb up the funnel, abseil along the ship, high ropes that freak you out and walk the plank - 12 stories above the water. I was a bit surprised that with 2000 people on board how few people turned up to some activities. Church service run by the captain, a morning stretching and core strength class for example Free but few attendees. Food was great. included was the buffet and a an ale-cart restaurant "Waterfront". An odd name given it was at the back of the ship. There were some other pay for food restaurants but we felt the variety and quality of the free ones did not necessitate paying extra. Maybe if we were on a longer cruise we might wish to do that. The final thing I would like to say would be a big "thank you" to their staff. Always smiling, cheerful, helpful and were able to resolve issues calmly. Maybe I am too easy to please. But no way could I do their job. Being happy with everyone and their idiosyncrasies day after day cruise after cruise. But they did and that is one of the main reasons I will be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Pacific Dawn and had a fabulous time with our 3 teenage children. Noumea abit disappointing, Lifou absolutely beautiful (book the snorkelling trip on board , $20 each limited numbers (might ... Read More
We have just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Pacific Dawn and had a fabulous time with our 3 teenage children. Noumea abit disappointing, Lifou absolutely beautiful (book the snorkelling trip on board , $20 each limited numbers (might be able to book on cruise control, if so I would recommend) Vila paid $70 AUS for Peter ( I will post his details when I find them,, very reliable)to take us wherever we wanted to go for the day! Duty free (they delivered to the boat) Went to the markets, a village, out to hideaway beach and had lunch there. All ports accepted Aussie dollars, not much need to exchange money, ATM on boat and in Vila. We loved the food and the choice we had, next cruise we will eat more in the Waterfront restaurant. We took our own snorkelling gear, but we could have hired it on Lifou and saved us lugging it around as there was 5 sets.( and would recommend this) On board there was plenty to do or relax(your choice) The adults only decks were a lovely place to have a quiet cocktail and a read. We enjoyed the daily trivia (was really funny and great for the teenagers to be involved. We tried the bingo once, it was fun but could become expensive if you played every day as to get a decent game it cost $30. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I have been lucky to have cruised more than 30 times on 15 different ships - large and small. This little ship stands out as an absolute jewel. It's décor is very tasteful and at no time did it feel crowded. There are so many ... Read More
I have been lucky to have cruised more than 30 times on 15 different ships - large and small. This little ship stands out as an absolute jewel. It's décor is very tasteful and at no time did it feel crowded. There are so many lovely areas to sit and read or watch the world (or sea) go by. Service is very good and there is plenty to do during the day and evening. I was concerned about the food because of the reviews I had read before my cruise but found these concerns to be totally unfounded. The food was good with a really good choice of venues. Sometimes it wasn't steaming hot but certainly not cool. The main restaurant has been designed to feel like an upmarket shore side restaurant with no extended area of huge shared tables. Instead smaller, separated areas. Very nice. The alternate restaurants were really good and The Pantry an excellent concept. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was my first cruise. I didn't know what to expect other than some reviews I read on the Internet.. There are so many people with opinions out there and I think there are many people that just love to complain. I had an inside ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I didn't know what to expect other than some reviews I read on the Internet.. There are so many people with opinions out there and I think there are many people that just love to complain. I had an inside cabin on the P&O Pacific Eden. I was greeted by Ernie, which was the man in charge of my cabin.. From the minute I arrived on the ship up until leaving, Ernie was there and was the friendliest guy.. I would like to say that every staff that I talked to on the ship was amazing.. People don't realize that you get what you give.. If you're nice to the staff, they'll be nice back.. By the time I left, many of them knew me by name.. With so many people on board the ship, I didn't think that would be possible.. About the ship.. I was worried from reviews that the ship would be in bad shape and the food would be terrible.. I chose the Pacific Eden because I knew it was recently refurbished... What a beautiful ship.. Everything was done extremely well.. When you go to restaurants like the Dragon Lady and Angelos, you actually feel like you're in a high class restaurant in the city.. The Waterfront restaurant was difficult to get into due to the fact that the setting can't be beat and it's a sit down restaurant with service. So many people tried to eat there, which would create a queue.. I could have waited 15 or 20 minutes to eat there, but I didn't need to.. The reason why was the Pantry.. What a cool idea.. This isn't a ship buffet.. This is a place with about 10 different stations for many types of food.. In one meal, you could have Mexican, Asian, Salads, etc. It was awesome to be able to pick and choose what you wanted.. I found the quality terrific and didn't mind missing out on some of the other restaurants due to having the Pantry... I did eat at Dragon Lady and Angelos and was extremely impressed with the service, quality and atmosphere... The shows were good on the ship.. Depending on what you're into.. I wasn't into the modern dance show they had, but my roommate loved it.. I loved one of the singing shows, but my roommate didn't like that one.. So to each their own.. I think everyone like the adult comedy act.. Brilliant... :) We didn't get a chance to go into shore on all of the days due to wind.. So you do have to expect some people getting let down if their main goal is to see some of the ports on the holiday.. I didn't care as I was just trying to get away from reality for a while and just wanted to sit on a boat and enjoy life... So that's what I planned for and wasn't disappointed when we missed two ports... I haven't been on some of the "other" cruise ships out there, so I can't compare them.. I can just say from my experience on this ship that I had a great time and would love to do it again very soon... I have given everything top ratings as I wasn't let down by anything on this holiday.... Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We boarded in Cairns which is where we live. We celebrated our anniversary on board. I was quite nervous early on about booking this cruise due to some negative reviews however I was fortunately able to put this into perspective. ... Read More
We boarded in Cairns which is where we live. We celebrated our anniversary on board. I was quite nervous early on about booking this cruise due to some negative reviews however I was fortunately able to put this into perspective. This ship has been running since December 2015 and it carries around 1500 passengers each trip. While it is in Cairns for 8 weeks it will carry 13 thousand passengers. As you can see on this website there have only been 178 reviews since the ship started last year and of those 43% are positive. Of the negatives some are clearly offering important feedback and others IMO are being a bit picky. Due to the negative reviews I made a point while I was onboard to ask every single passenger we came in contact with what they thought of the ship, cruise food etc and apart from one passenger who's complaints IMO were ridiculous (no white table cloths in the Waterfront and not enough variety of food) EVERYONE loved it. So please be assured that atleast during our trip any early day problems have been rectified, everything was fantastic for us and all of the other people we spoke to. The ship was a great size (not too big) it was easy to get around and find things. There was plenty of places to sit and relax or read and although it was school holidays and the ship was fully booked it never felt crowded and we didn't notice many kids. I was a little nervous about dining (due to reviews) and did take some of my favourite snacks onto the ship however my worries were unnecessary and I took my food back home with me. The food was amazing - there was so much variety. We had breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Pantry and never really had to line up and never had trouble finding a seat. I did find the lower lounge type tables a bit silly for eating at and not sure what the designers were thinking but we were never forced to use these tables as others were always available. Only on the last morning it was very busy and crazy due to all passengers having to vacate their cabins at 7am, however everyone was fed and the food was still great. There was a huge variety of food in The Pantry and serving sizes for us were generous however you could always ask for more and the staff were only to happy to provide. The food variety changed daily e.g different salads each day in the salad area, different soups each day, different curries each day, different roasts each day, different sweets each day, different Spanish food and a variety at the Mexican counter. I liked that we were served by staff - it felt like a more hygienic style of eating. You could take food from the Pantry anywhere on the ship to eat and on occasion we took it back to our room. The food was hot and plentiful. There was no awful smells as some others have mentioned only delicious food smells!! The fish and chips were yummy and the little pastry cases in The Sugar Bar with strawberry or pistachio cream were my favourite!! We ate at The Waterfront also for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. It was a more upmarket feel than the Pantry and the service was excellent. Again you could order as much as you wanted off the menu. One day my husband ordered 3 breakfasts! They also brought around toast and Pastries at breakfast time. There was a selection of juice and fresh coffee and tea. Each meal we had here we enjoyed. We only had to wait one night as we were a table of 8 and went down at 630pm, however they gave us a buzzer and we went off to the Blue Bar (upstairs) to have a drink. 20 mins later they had a table for us - we were able to bring our drinks with us to the restaurant. There was beautiful fresh bread rolls on the table for dinner and lunch and delicious butter. There was no table cloths on the lovely timber tables which did not bother us but for some reason this has been mentioned as a negative by others. The Dragon Lady, Angelo's and Salt Grill should all be booked on day 1 or you could miss out. They are all amazing places to eat and offer a good variety of food. The menu at Angelo's changed mid cruise on our 7 night cruise and we were lucky enough to have both menus. We had one dinner and one lunch at Salt Grill. The food and service here is outstanding and the value for money exceptional. We left here feeling extremely full. They served us the most delicious chocolate cake for our Anniversary, I was going to take it back to our room for later but after one bite we had to finish it! We had Nachos on day one at The Grill and found them to be quite average - mostly chips and little topping but for $3 this was hardly a disaster! The Bars were well laid out and the singers/musicians were fabulous. There was plenty of comfortable seating and while we were there they never felt crowded. We soon worked out it was more economical for us to purchase bottles of wine which we could move round the ship with us each evening rather than buying glasses here or there. Glasses started at $8.50 each and bottles started at $30. The wine we had was lovely. The entertainment was great. We went to the shows each evening and loved the talent of the singers and dancers. One of the shows was hard to follow but they did explain this in the beginning (showing a making of the show) however the technical skills of the dancers was impressive and we still enjoyed it. The entertainers in general were great. The comedians were funny and worth staying up late for. The Marquee Theatre was a lovely intimate theatre with comfortable seating. You could take drinks with you to the theatre or order them in there from the waiters. The service we received was outstanding - we have stayed in some lovely hotels before and the service on this ship was right up there. They were constantly asking for and acting on feedback. We were always nice and polite to the staff and this was always returned to us. These people work extremely hard and take very good care of you appreciating this rather than demanding it worked very well for us as you would expect. I was surprised to learn a lot of the staff board the ship and work every day for 6 or 7 months at a time before returning to their families and then re board the ship to do the same several weeks later. Our cabin stewards started at 7.30 each morning and finished at 10.30 each night 7 days of the week and always had a lovely smile - I found this amazing. We did have one shore trip cancelled due to weather and herd some people complaining. I was happy that the Captain made this decision and was looking after our safety. It seems easy to make throw away comments when you have no knowledge of what is involved in getting 1500 passengers off and then BACK ON a ship safely. All different ages and abilities need to be considered. If you want to guarantee to get off at all ports don't go on a ship - fly there. The Captain sent the Tender across to check if it was safe and we watched it return with water crashing over the bow - it would have sat much lower in the water with 60 or so people on board. I listened to a couple of people whining and then met some of the staff who were booked to have a day off that day to go snorkelling on the island. Instead they had to throw on their uniform and come back to work to serve us in the bars etc. They did this with professionalism and a smile - no complaining. At least we were able to stay on the beautiful ship and keep relaxing while they looked after us. Yes it was a shame we didn't get off but I still had a great day. Shore tours - we did the full day Tawali resort and skull cave in Alotau. It was a great adventure for us. We were first off the boat and last back on at the end of the day. It is a 1 hour 30 min bus ride on a bumpy road each way with no toilets along the way - so DO NOT have that extra cuppa with breakfast :-). The first toilet is on the boat they use to transfer you to the resort. The snorkelling at Tawali (unfortunately only 1 hour) was amazing and lunch was delicious in the most picturesque setting. They did not tell us we could use the resort pool after lunch and only found out as we walked past it while looking around after eating but we had already changed and left our swimmers back at the restaurant and then we ran out of time. Please do not expect any luxury the people here live a very basic lifestyle. After lunch when you visit the skull cave and waterfall take some small Kina notes with you as the locals have a few small things to sell like carvings and necklaces etc. We found the tour very interesting. Tendering on and off to the other islands was easy for us. Unfortunately when we stopped at Kitava it was raining until lunch time and then most people decided to quickly exit the ship as they were running out of time as the ship departed at 4pm. This of course caused long lines and delays and some unhappy customers. We went to the island mid morning when it was still a little rainy and had no wait. People must remember they are on a ship with 1500 people and at certain times there will be lines for tenders - if this bothers you don't cruise. Snorkelling in Kitava was lovely off the little island it costs 5 Kina each way for the locals to take you across - make sure you have 5 Kina notes for this purpose. The only other time we had to wait for a tender was in Kiriwina at lunch time. We were going back to the ship for lunch and as it turned out there was only 1 Tender running as the other one had engine trouble. The line was long and in the sun and again I am sure some people were not happy. They replaced the broken tender as quickly as they could. Unfortunately they did not inform us of this difficulty I only found out later when I spoke to someone who was on the broken Tender. It would have been better if passengers waiting inline were informed. If I can offer some other tips they would be: Take your own goggles and fins if you have them. I think it is $40 or $50 to hire on the ship. Take an umbrella to protect from sun and rain (ours was well used). Take a highlight pen to highlight what activities you would like to do on the daily schedule. Try and take small Kina notes - if you can't get small notes try and change larger Kina notes in Alotau before getting to the smaller remote islands. On the smaller Islands locals will ask you to exchange Australian dollars to Keena as they have no other way of doing it and some tourists have unfortunately paid them in Aus dollars. Please change it for them - they will give you a better exchange rate then if you sell it back to the ship or money exchange for example if they give you $20 you will give them 40 Kina which is $1 for every 2 Kina. Buy back on the ship was $1 for every 3 Kina. The locals really appreciate you helping them exchange money they can't really use. Please donate to schools and community groups these people are very poor and donations are really appreciated. We had a local teacher as one of our guides and she said they need donations of writing books, pens, library books, balls, dolls, Caps and fishing gear. If everyone took a couple of items it would be great - you just need to find the right person to give it to. The school children are often in groups singing so try and find a teacher. PLEASE do not take lollies! There are so many children and the people who were giving out lollies were actually causing sadness. These communities have no way of dealing with tooth decay and we all know what it is like to have a tooth ache. I heard some one say one or 2 lollies wont hurt but if every visiting ship was bringing in lollies it becomes a problem. If you are happy with staff on board offer them a tip - it is never expected but always appreciated. Take ginger tablets regularly until you get used to the movement of the ship. Lastly the Internet. We purchased the unlimited package within the first 24 hours for $89. It does not work so well in the rooms but works well (and fast) in most of the public areas especially near the Dragon Lady and Angelo's. Initially it worked well for me but then the pages seemed to be unable to load. It was trying but just couldn't load - I became frustrated. As it was unlimited I didn't think I needed to log out. However for some reason either not using it or moving around the ship it just automatically logged me out with out me knowing. There was nothing to state this and the pages kept trying to load but wouldn't. In any event I quickly worked out as soon as it stopped loading pages I needed to re log in and as long as I was in a public hot spot area all worked fine. I was able to send videos and photos galore. I needed to keep in touch with my family while we were away as my parents were ill. I was able to help a couple of other passengers once I worked this out who were also frustrated with the internet - they were very grateful. I have informed P and O via the feedback form asking them to give people clearer instructions re logging out and back in. If you are thinking of cruising give this ship a try - we had a lovely relaxing time and were looked after so well. It was definitely the romantic break we were looking for. Can't wait to cruise again!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
First time cruiser, left from Cairns, Booked a suite which I was really impressed with, especially after reading all the negative reviews. We had plenty of hot water, toilet never blocked once, aircon worked well, cabin very clean and ... Read More
First time cruiser, left from Cairns, Booked a suite which I was really impressed with, especially after reading all the negative reviews. We had plenty of hot water, toilet never blocked once, aircon worked well, cabin very clean and always serviced. Embarkation was very easy especially with priority boarding. Food in the pantry was very good and plenty of it, sometimes small portions but just ask to put some more on and they will oblige. Ate in all the restaurants and food was very good. The shore tours were organised very well in PNG but unfortunately did not get off the ship at Conflict Islands due to large swell, not the ships fault and a refund was immediately credited. Entertainment was excellent, saw all the shows, played bingo, trivia, casino and more. Take it from me as I was nervous due to bad reviews but this is a really nice clean ship with a very hardworking crew. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were very pleasantly surprised with Pacific Eden After reading a lot of poor reviews, we did not have high expectations for the cruise. The staff were by welcoming, our cabin was clean and we'll set out. We had more cupboard ... Read More
We were very pleasantly surprised with Pacific Eden After reading a lot of poor reviews, we did not have high expectations for the cruise. The staff were by welcoming, our cabin was clean and we'll set out. We had more cupboard space for our clothes than on most other cruises that we have done. We had heaps of coat hangers so,unpacking was made easy. Lunch in the Pantry was very good the decor lovely with plenty of seats. We never had to wait very long for a table. The new design makes the area more relaxing and not the overcrowded push for food. The seating around the pool areas is very modern and relaxing. We liked the the speciality restaurants, especially as two of them are free. You just need to book. Plenty of bars around the ship with good entertainment, once again lots of seating areas. Great value for money!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was my seventeenth cruise on various ships out of Brisbane. I chose this ship as it is a recent addition to the P&O fleet. I found the cabin to be a good size with plenty of cupboard space, comfortable beds and a clean well ... Read More
This was my seventeenth cruise on various ships out of Brisbane. I chose this ship as it is a recent addition to the P&O fleet. I found the cabin to be a good size with plenty of cupboard space, comfortable beds and a clean well serviced bathroom. The shower over the bath might upset some people but I had no problem. There was even a DVD player in the cabin which is unusual in my experience. I found the staff in every area to be very cheerful and efficient. The food, well I'm not a "Foodie" so simple is fine. The main restaurant was fine and the new Pantry system seemed to work well with very little standing in line. There appeared to be plenty of activities during the day and many quiet places to relax. The only points that could improve would be the lifeboat drill which was a rather cramped experience, the tendering to shore in lifeboats which seemed to take a long time compared with other ships I have been on. Apart from these minor points I have to say I enjoyed the cruise and would recommend it to anyone. Cruising has to be great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Don't listen to the whingers! Great value for money and pleasantly surprised, very very relaxing. We usually only dine in the restaurants whichever cruise ship we travel on and The Waterfront, Dragonlady and Angelo's did ... Read More
Don't listen to the whingers! Great value for money and pleasantly surprised, very very relaxing. We usually only dine in the restaurants whichever cruise ship we travel on and The Waterfront, Dragonlady and Angelo's did not disappoint and all FOC. We call it controlled eating and avoid the "pig out" in the buffet or Pantry as it is called on Eden. Being served at The Pantry is so much more hygienic than a "free for all " and lowers the risk of people getting ill and stops the waste. Good change PO. Free tea and coffee, cold water available all day. If you want a snack or are fussy about your coffee you can alway purchase from coffee shop,and bars. For me a big breakfast , plate of fruit salad for lunch and the a three course dinner in the evening is more than enough. Staff ever so obliging and recognised familiar faces from other PO ships. The first few shows were a little disappointing but improved as time went on. Pool areas great though the usual selfish people who leave towels on deck chairs for hours and wander off. . Remedy, remove if no personal items , and act dumb if challenged. No one ever did! Loved the ship and would cruise again!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose a cruise on the Pacific Jewel due to it going to the Conflict Islands. Having been on 4 Carnival cruises, 2 on the Spirit and 2 on the Legend, we decided to give P & O a try despite reading many bad reviews. The ... Read More
We chose a cruise on the Pacific Jewel due to it going to the Conflict Islands. Having been on 4 Carnival cruises, 2 on the Spirit and 2 on the Legend, we decided to give P & O a try despite reading many bad reviews. The Waterfront dining room was excellent from the decor to the food and great service as well. P & O's greatest asset was the staff, great attitude and friendly service in all areas. The entertainment was also great with a variety of shows, bands and activities, always something on to see or do. The ship was clean & tidy but starting to show her age compared to the Carnival ships. The cabin was a good size with a great layout. The only real negative and it's only a minor one was the embarkation process which took over 1 and a half hours, far longer than any of our previous cruises. All in all we would certainly cruise with P & O again and this cruise was better than we expected it to be. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Travelled on Pacific Eden from Singapore for a 14 night cruise around Asia stopping at Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Have to say after reading the reviews prior to travel was a little concerned with regard to the negative comments. ... Read More
Travelled on Pacific Eden from Singapore for a 14 night cruise around Asia stopping at Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Have to say after reading the reviews prior to travel was a little concerned with regard to the negative comments. All I can say after travelling is some people obviously expect a lot out of a 3 1/2 star ship - the ship does not put it self out as a 5 star ship and for any one looking for a 5 star cruise holiday then this ship is not for you. If you want a good value for money cruise experience then Pacific Eden delivers. The cabins are some of the largest we have come across and include a bath which, while not for everybody, was no problem for us, could imagine if you were elderly then it could be an issue as the bath has quite high sides and you have to 'step' into the bath to have a shower. The food on board was great, we experienced and would recommend, all three specialist restaurants on board, we took a chance and showed up at the Dragon Lady without a reservation one night and were able to score a table. We had no difficulty obtaining a table in the Waterfront Restaurant if we arrived prior to 6.30pm - if you arrive after this time you may have to queue for a few minutes, if the wait will be longer than a few minutes you can ask for a buzzer to take away and then return when you are advised a table is available - no need to stand around and wait. The food at the Pantry was good and again we never had to wait around for service or to find a table. We used the Waterfront Restaurant most mornings for breakfast and even though there are only two menus for breakfast we found these more than adequate. Have read reviews of the food not being warm, we did not experience this at all. The guest entertainers were fabulous and found the comedians to be world class. As for the entertainment staff and onboard entertainers I think the less said the better - they did not inter act with the passengers and only were visible on deck twice over the 14 days. The bands and singers were great and one of the highlights was the 'battle of the bands' in the Blue Room. The bar staff in all the bars were friendly and knowledgable with most knowing names within a day or two of sailing, a special mention should be made of the bar staff in The Mix and The Ocean Bar the staff in these two bars help to make this cruise one of the best we have been on. The ports visited were a good mix of what the region has to offer with Koh Samui and Koh Chang in Thailand being stand outs for beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery. I would recommend P&O Pacific Eden to anybody, the ship is on the smaller side but had everything you could want and more. The ship was full for our 14 day cruise with 1,500 people on board, we were always able to find a deck chair around the pool or a seat at the Marquee Lounge to watch one of the shows, were able to get a drink when we visited one of the bars and have a table at the restaurant. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The last cruise we did with P&O on the Pacific Jewell was way below par, so I had a little bit of trepidation booking this one on the Pacific Aria, particularly as there seemed to be quite a a few negative reviews on-line. But we ... Read More
The last cruise we did with P&O on the Pacific Jewell was way below par, so I had a little bit of trepidation booking this one on the Pacific Aria, particularly as there seemed to be quite a a few negative reviews on-line. But we needed a break, I had never been to Cairns and this cruise left at the right time for the right number of days, so we thought we would take a chance. I am very glad that we did. This trip on the Aria was the complete antithesis to our trip on the Jewell in every department. The embarkation was a dream. Maybe because the ship didn't depart Brisbane until 6pm, there was no frenzied hordes and tedious queues. It was so stress free, I nearly had to pinch myself thinking I was actually dreaming. Once on-board, we were perfectly delighted with our cabin, a BB balcony on deck 9. Real honest to God wardrobes...two of them...with veritable doors, four shelves and loads of hanging space and plenty of coat-hangers, not to mention six good deep drawers next to the desk, and another two in the bedsides. We could fit our suitcases under the bed which was great. So much less clutter. We had good size desk and a full length sofa to boot. But the balcony!!!!!! The biggest we have ever had! So spacious, unlike the cramped confines of the Dawn and Jewell. We even had a sun-lounger!! Amazing! Perfect! The staff were almost uniformly wonderful! This was the happiest ship we have ever been on. Everybody so friendly and smiling! It was a dream! P&O have got it together food-wise, at least in the Waterfront. The food from breakfast to dinner was very good. Good choices and menu changes at dinner daily with a specialty each night. The anytime dining is a pain, but the restaurant manager and the Maitre'd usually arranged for us to be on the section with out fave wait staff. The pantry food was better than on the Jewell, but the breakfast fare is limited, and sad to relate, they are still having issues with keeping the food hot. But all in all, it was way better than previously. The only real disappointment was the Salt Grill. This was our first.....and last.....visit. Apart from the desserts and cheese platter, the food was ordinary, as was the service. Not impressed. We have had better meals at our local leagues club. We did not bother about the shows, as we had seen them before, but the trivia was enjoyable. The Dome is great. Panoramic views and a nice place to read a book, have a drink and watch the world go by. Getting off the boat at Hamilton Island was the best organised I have seen on any cruise. Well done P&O. We absolutely loved the Pacific Aria, and we can't wait to sail on her again! This was definitely the best cruise we have ever had on any cruise line. I just hope that P&O keep up the good work. Top marks for this one!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I was a bit concerned after reading a few reviews and listening to people who had done a few cruises on other ships. The cabin was spotless the staff were great the choice and quality of the food was outstanding. I would be very happy ... Read More
I was a bit concerned after reading a few reviews and listening to people who had done a few cruises on other ships. The cabin was spotless the staff were great the choice and quality of the food was outstanding. I would be very happy to take another trip and have recommended it to family and friends. We did hear people complaing that there was not any ice cream at the desert counter but you could buy it from the kiosk. Being the first cruise ship that my wife and I have been on i can't compare it to other cruises but i could not fault any part of the trip. We were worried about the ship being over crowded and having not space to relax or finding room to sit and have a meal . It was never a problem , I will be keeping an eye out for future cruises and hope to take my children and grandchildren for a trip on the Pacific Eden so they can see for themselves what a great experience we had Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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